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Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame - 2013 Digital Edition

Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame - 2013 Digital Edition

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Published by Fr. Anthony Silvia
Spiritual practice is essential to the Johannite tradition, and this book will show you how to begin. Using the framework of the Logos Service, the quintessential Johannite practice, you will learn the basic techniques of many different types of prayer, meditation, contemplation, asceticism, and esoteric practice from a Johannite perspective. Whether you attend mass regularly at a Johannite parish, or if you live far from one, you will find a practice or two that will help guide you on the path to Gnosis.
Spiritual practice is essential to the Johannite tradition, and this book will show you how to begin. Using the framework of the Logos Service, the quintessential Johannite practice, you will learn the basic techniques of many different types of prayer, meditation, contemplation, asceticism, and esoteric practice from a Johannite perspective. Whether you attend mass regularly at a Johannite parish, or if you live far from one, you will find a practice or two that will help guide you on the path to Gnosis.

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Published by: Fr. Anthony Silvia on Apr 27, 2013
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Sanctuary of theSacred Flame
 A Guide to Johannite Spiritual Practice Fr. Anthony SilviaMMXIII 
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In Appreciation
I have come to understand that one does not write abook by oneself, especially when dealing with a topic thatis so thoroughly influenced by the people involved in thisliving and vibrant tradition. I've always felt, when readingother books, that the "acknowledgments" section at thebeginning was a bit self indulgent. I could not have beenmore wrong. I see now why so many people need toreceive thanks and praise for their hand in thecompletion of a book. I am profoundly grateful for all of the people in my life, without whom this book would benothing more than a check box on a vast to-do listsomewhere that I would never get around to finishing.This book would not have been possible without thesupport and assistance of my Johannite Family. To all theclergy and laity of the Church who I have had the pleasureto know, your wisdom and experience have helped me tobetter understand my own spirituality. I have learned somuch from you and will continue to do so every day. Andto all the Johannites I haven't yet met, I hope this bookhelps you on your journey, and I look forward to the daywhen we might break bread together.2
 
To Msgr. Jordan Stratford, who shared his knowledgeof the publishing industry and made it seem much lessscary to publish my first book. His inspiration andexpertise has been invaluable.To those who volunteered their time and talents tohelp me edit the manuscript: Msgr. Jordan Stratford, JillSophia Fein, Clyde Adams III, Jonathan Stewart, and Msgr.Scott Rassbach. Here's hoping we caught them all!To Tau Thomas Valentinus, Catholicos of theAlexandrian Gnostic Church. Through many late-nightconversations the ideas in this book became more andmore refined.To His Eminence Mar Iohannes IV, whose friendshipand support these many years has been a great comfort,and who gave the book a once-over to make sure my footwasn't too far into my mouth.To His Grace Mar Thomas, who took a chance on adeacon a few years ago, despite reservations. I hope youhaven't been disappointed.To all of the wonderful people who donated to help3

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